The Art of Simplicity can turn one’s life around for the greater gain.
Peace for ‘turmoil of lack’
Joy for a ‘scattered mind’
Love for ‘confused and afraid’
Hope for ‘sad’
Light for ‘darkness’
I have for ‘I have not’
Courage for ‘fear’
‘Simplicity of Life’ to me is like black-strap molasses flavoring and coloring my cookies of choice.
I think of simplicity of life with joy overflowing from the inner life. When I see a lemon I think sweet lemonade and my taste buds go into motion. When I see a marshmallow I think open fire, hot chocolate, laughs and fun. Snow, I think of homemade snow-cream, cold, rich with can milk and very rare. When I see a chicken I think of fried chicken, eggs and the many ways they come as well as Chickenfarmer. I see the ‘art of simplicity’ as illumination from within.
When I think of “The Art of Simplicity” I see and live a day without pride. A healthy heart being heart smart and beaming over with love. Happy eyes that go here and there spotting new and old colors to shade my art of joyful expressions.
Simplicity is a gift. A gift to have and a gift to give. A gift that comes straight from the heart. A gift to be free and live free. We have been born free!
“A man stopped Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus said, “Why do you question me about what’s good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you.” The man asked, “What in particular?” Jesus said, “Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself.” The young man said, “I’ve done all that. What’s left?” “If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.” That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crest-fallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go. (Matthew 19:16 -22 Message)
Many times I am much like this man I don’t want to give up my wealth of worry, stress, fear, sadness, financial security, and many other complicated things on my list of ‘worldly wealth’, just so I can live free and eternally! “All my wealth could be in heaven.” What in the world was Jesus talking about, all our wealth in heaven? Part of what He was saying; when your wealth is in heaven, your thoughts are heavenly and delightful. When your wealth is in heaven your fears, sadness, tears, darkness, confused and scattered minds are all in heaven and you are free to choose to live free because you were born again to be free. You are full of wisdom, knowledge, peace, love, joy, happiness and health and wealth.
Jesus had a great answer for the ones that questioned His counsel with this young man. In verses 26, Jesus says. “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Let’s keep it simple in 2008. “The Art of Simplicity” knows no unbelief for it’s primary color is Faith. Our Faith in Jesus and His teachings can turn our life around for the greater gain.